This photo was taken in late October at mid day in 2011.
The location is on the attached deck on the back of my home in Bethesda, MD.
The "Take It!" was an easy going thing. I happened to look out the many windows that are in the door leading out onto the deck and saw the many colors of this early set of fallen leaves in contrast to the dark red stain on the surface of the wood floor of the deck. The contrasts are many and attracted me to make a number of shots. The deck is old and weathered but serves as strong background for what soon enough would be a full cover up. There is a huge pin oak in my neigbors yard that waits until the first week in December to drop all its leaves. I usually wait until that tree has finished this cycle before engaging in the big rake up and clearing of the house rain gutters for winter. It is while doing this big volume raking and sweep up, that I keep reminding myself of the blessing the tree brings with the shade it provides all summer long. With this, the excersize is not a curse, but a time to give thanks.
The After Take: Each time I view this I am reminded of the blessing as described above. Others seem to enjoy the tranquillity the colors bring with them. I secretly think they may also be looking at the amount of leaves and be thinking that what is shown is not going to be a big job to clear up.
Fall is coming to a close and there are many pictures that did not get shown; maybe we will take them out next year, and include them with the new views.